On Being a Woman: Female Scientist



“Woman teaching geometry”

Illustration at the beginning of a medieval translation of Euclid’s Elements (c. 1310 AD)

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About javsimson

Scientist, traveler, woman, writer, spiritual explorer, mother, grandmother, fascinated with the world, appalled by deliberate human ignorance. Website and blogs include: http://javsimson.com/ http://solowomenathomeandabroad.blogspot.com/
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9 Responses to On Being a Woman: Female Scientist

  1. Francine Brady says:

    Joanne, so good to read your blogs. I moved in with Jennifer in the house we had with Richard. Would love to hear from you. vefrancine@gmail.com.

    • Hi Fran! Good to get your comment! I see Art Molella every once in a while in D.C., and he almost always asks if I’ve heard from you, which I hadn’t until now. I’ll email you in the next few days.

  2. Clanmother says:

    We stand on the shoulders of giants..,,

  3. I enjoyed reading this and learning your history with science. Well done for accomplishments you should be proud to claim.

  4. Loved your “same as a man” answer!

    • It didn’t set very well, though. I’ve had many quiet little word-sparring episodes with dismissive males, as I’m sure you have. Don’t think they’ve gotten me any “points,” but I was able to maintain a bit of self-respect. Several colleagues viewed me as an irritating woman; others were happy to have me on committees with them to cut down on the B.S.

  5. Susan Ekins says:

    You’re obviously a brilliant woman with high academic credentials. It is sad about the discrimination women face. I have a couple of young friends who are at the Ph.D. level in sciences (one has earned it already, the other was taking Ph.D. level classes but stopped.) Both tell me it is still tough for a woman at that level.

    • Sue, thanks for the compliment! I’m so sorry to hear that your female friends have stopped working in the sciences. As with all fields that women have integrated, science has been a male culture, dominated by competition, often verging on brutality. When women become important players in a field, cooperation becomes more important. Science, like every other field of human endeavor, is a human construct, and when women are missing, it’s really only half human! Women need to help transform the way things are done in every aspect of human society.
      I’m working on trying to publish a book of short stories, mostly written while I was still a practicing scientist, that portray (effectively, I hope) the dark side of masculine-dominated science. Not sure how much of an audience there’s likely to be.

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